The Ford Foundation is committed to providing an inclusive and equitable experience for all who visit or work at our New York office. Below you’ll find information on entering and accessing the building’s main areas.

Please read our full visitor guidelines before arrival.


Getting here

The Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice is located at 320 East 43rd Street. The building has two entrances—one at 320 East 43rd Street and the other at 321 East 42nd Street. Both entrances are wheelchair accessible and have power-assist doors.

We recommend that visitors use the 43rd Street entrance, as it provides same-level access to our reception desk, welcome lounge, and the Ford Foundation Gallery. The 42nd Street entrance offers easy access to our garden and its wheelchair-accessible path, as well as to lower-level meeting rooms. If you are attending an event or meeting and have questions about entering the building, please check with your host before arriving

  • Train: Metro-North or 4, 5, 6, 7, or S subway to Grand Central Station
  • Bus: M42, M15, X21
  • Car: The 320 East 43rd Street entrance features a covered driveway for drop-off and pick-up. Please be sure to use this address when mapping your driving or ride-share route.
Map showing the location of the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice at the intersection of East 43rd Street and 2nd Ave in New York City.

Accessibility

  • Main entrances are wheelchair-accessible and have power-assist doors
  • Garden has a wheelchair-accessible path from 42nd Street
  • All floors are reachable by elevator
  • Braille integration and wayfinding signage is available throughout the building
  • Every floor includes wheelchair-accessible restrooms
  • A restroom designed to accommodate people of short stature can be found on the 11th floor
  • Service animals are welcome; however, pets are not permitted
  • Learn more about our website accessibility

320 E 43rd Street entrance to the First Floor

Map showing the first floor of the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice. A red line indicates a step-free path from 43rd street into the reception desk.

321 E 42nd Street entrance to the A Level

Map showing the A-level of the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice. A red line indicates a step-free path from 42nd street into the building, up an elevator, and into the reception area.

Navigating the building

All floors are reachable by elevator. Throughout the building, we provide braille integration and wayfinding signage to facilitate a more seamless journey for people who are blind or with low vision. We also happily welcome service animals; however, pets are not permitted.

Every floor includes wheelchair-accessible restrooms. A restroom designed to accommodate people of short stature can be found on the 11th floor.

 Between two trees, a man pushes a wheelchair user along a pathway. Beside him is a small reflecting pond surrounded by lush green plants.

The Garden

Our atrium garden is open to the public and is home to nearly 40 species of trees, vines, and shrubs. It features a reflecting pool and a reverberating fountain that allows visitors to hear the garden around them. The garden also includes a sensory section that enables people who are blind or with low vision to touch and interact with the plants and includes braille signage and audio interpretation.

The garden includes a wheelchair-accessible path reachable via a self-controlled passenger lift in the southeast corner. This path enables access to the majority of the garden and is best reached through the 42nd Street entrance.

The garden is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. when the Ford Foundation Gallery has an exhibition on view.

The garden will close early at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27th, and will be closed to the public on Friday, September 30th.

An empty auditorium with rows of brown leather chairs. Behind them is a tan upholstered wall with gold circles.

Events at Ford

We are committed to hosting fully accessible events. The Ford Family Auditorium has wheelchair lifts that provide access to the stage along with accessible seating areas. We also have set up an induction loop that amplifies sounds for hearing aids.

Information about the accessibility features of our other convening spaces can be found on our Events page. If you are planning or attending an event and have questions about our accommodations and accessibility services, please contact your event organizer or send a message to [email protected] at least two weeks prior to the event. We will make every effort to help you fully participate.

In a bright white gallery, a purple ceiling height structure is hung with a grid of black and white portraits. Around the gallery are colorful paintings and photographs.

Ford Foundation Gallery

The Ford Foundation Gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., when there is an exhibition on view. Admission is free. It is fully accessible and best reached via the 43rd Street entrance.

Docent-led tours are available for large groups by reservation. Groups larger than 15 are encouraged to make reservations in advance. To arrange a group visit or tour, contact us at [email protected].